Get a Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Forensic Psychology
The field of forensic psychology is both dynamic and growing – making it explicitly undefined, yet exciting. Tiffin University has become a leader in the field and created a top-level forensic psychology program that was established before the American Psychology Association even identified it as a registered program.
Our forensic psychology is designed for students who are interested in examining the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system. In this program, you will develop knowledge in the treatment of offenders, victimology, crisis intervention, counseling, psychopathology, personality assessment and research methods.
You will also study the application of psychological principles to the resolution of problems in the administration of criminal justice, such as jury selection, police stress and rehabilitation program design.
Forensic psychology graduates can begin careers in either a clinical setting where they work directly with offenders and victims, or in a research setting where empirical answers are sought to crucial issues affecting the administration of criminal justice.
The Washington Center Experience
Gain valuable professional experience while earning credits towards graduation requirements by taking part in the Washington Center experience, which integrates professional work, classwork, leadership and civic engagement.
A Future With A Variety Of Opportunities
Students graduating with a forensic psychology degree have a wide range of opportunities. Previous forensic psychology graduates have pursued advanced degrees and have gone on to be accepted to law school, master's programs in criminal justice, forensic psychology, mental health counseling, school counseling and doctoral programs in forensic psychology and clinical psychology.
The forensic psychology program at Tiffin University is a blend of coursework in psychology and criminal justice. This gives you many different opportunities for employment in mental health, social service and criminal justice settings.
What To Expect From Your TU Forensic Psychology Degree:
Forensic psychology graduates will be able to:
- demonstrate the application of psychological theories and research to legal issues
- demonstrate the psychological impact of crime and violence on victims
- critically evaluate empirical research
- design, collect data, analyze results and write an APA style paper for an original empirical research project
- diagnose mental disorders and understand different approaches to treatment by constructing ITPs
- learn how their own knowledge, skills and values match different career choices and be able to act professionally in a real world setting
Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)
To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.
This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.
Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.
“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police
Note: The ability to practice as a professional psychologist or as a professional mental health counselor—is highly regulated in all states. Tiffin University programs (with the exception of the on-campus Addictions Counseling program) do not directly prepare one for practice as a counselor, psychotherapist, or psychologist